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Veterans day is Monday.I have always felt all Veterans who work,should receive Veterans
day as a paid holiday. It was always funny to me my kids got the day off from  school,and I had to work.
I know thousands read "The Daily Kos".I may have 5 or 6 readers,but I keep trying.Thanks
to one of you, a Veteran with serous Dental problems,was seen and his mouth is full of infections.When an infection goes into your blood stream, your loved ones need to plan your funeral.
He is stable for the moment, and the Dental folks will repair his mouth at 40% off their charge.I am going to let you read his story and the dental bill I need to help him.Yes I am asking for a dollar or two to be sent to the Dentist. Sometimes It takes a little money from many people to help their brother in need.I live in Seattle and can assure you we will beat any other city in the nation when it comes to giving.Prove me wrong.
We hear scary stuff about "Red state" Florida up here. The Vet I am trying to help.lives in your state.Below are the facts:

Hello Ms. Smithenry, here is the letter that my wife sent Michael Fitzjohn last Monday. Also, I have attached a copy of a picture collage of my teeth and a picture of my wife and I.

's Service Connected appeal was in process, but when we told him of the situation with my Husband's teeth, he agreed that it was service connected and they should take care of it. We were later told that he does have a Service Connected Injury but is ZERO rating. We are now having to re-file it even though I appealed it years ago. But they have conveniently lost our appeal!!!!!!!!!!!! I know without a shadow of doubt that we DID file an appeal and we were just waiting for it to be heard. Now I hear that it was never appealed and it has to be re-opened instead. Mr. Dale admitted that he had seen many cases where a Vet has had their teeth erode or simply fall out because of all the pain medications that the vet was being prescribed. My husband had to take several pain medications for years after he had two very very severe surgeries on his spinal cord. Yes, I did say “spinal cord”.

Let me back up a little. My Husband “Frank Marx” served honorably in the Army in the early 80s. His MOS was Multichannel Communications Equipment Operator (31M). My husband fell down a set of stairs while he was carrying a cable reel on his shoulder. The stairs had become iced over due to it snowing. He fell down a set of around five to six stairs. He bounced down the stairs on his tailbone which caused him immediate severe pain in his neck, back and tailbone. He went to the infirmary. They checked him out and gave him some pain medications, put him on light duty and sent him on his way. He bounced down the stairs on his coccyx and hurt him so badly he was always in severe pain even after he got out of the Army. He went to several doctors but they never seemed to find out what was wrong with him. Finally, a doctor in Atlanta found some problems which lead us to a specialized surgeon at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. They performed a Laminectomy at which time they noticed his coccyx was “hanging barely attached” so they had to remove it. He was (as we were told before) put on a great deal of pain medications for quite some time. We went through weeks and weeks of rehabilitation just to arrive back home and the doctor's accidentally gave him Methadone which made him vomit profusely. Because of this, he blew out the surgical site. We were back on a plane the next day to have the surgery done once again. This surgery was more extreme, he almost died, had to have a donor spinal cord (donor dura),developed Meningitis which has caused post surgical problems. He has optic nerve damage, and nerve damage in his legs to which the neurologist has said he will never get any better. His condition will only worsen. He has nerve damage that controls his bowel movements. They also think a nerve was damaged during his surgeries that controls his appetite.

I told you all the above to get to the issue of my husband's teeth. All of the pain medications he was put on and due to the long duration that he had to take the pain medications has caused his teeth to either erode or simply fall out. One of his only nine teeth broke off a few days ago. The remaining tooth is jagged and VERY sharp which causes him SEVERE pain. But none seems to care!!!!! The only thing I was told and keep being told is that it isn't service connected. They basically told us TOO BAD SO SAD. They couldn't careless!!! I tried to make an appointment with the Dental clinic at the Veteran's Administration in Daytona Beach, Florida. They called me and just repeated that they couldn't make an appointment unless it was service connected. I was following what Mr. Dale at the Veteran's Administration at the County office instructed us to do. We are both on a fixed income and don't have the extra money to go out and pay a dentist out of pocket. We both are disabled and are collecting Social Security Disability. We take home way less than $2000.00 a month. As a nurse of 18 years (retired due to Lupus), I am appalled that this is happening because the Veteran's Administration could have used a Secondary Diagnoses Code to file because of the medication basically causing what is know better as “Meth Mouth”. If you have never seen what Meth Mouth looks like, go to this website: Now my Husband is so terribly suffering. Also, the Veteran's Administration is aware of my husband's other problems from the surgeries of him not having a good appetite, but on top of all of that, NOW, he can't eat. He only weighed in at 94.1 lbs. from his last visit with his doctor and I know he has had to have lost more weight since then because of the serious pain he is in from this last tooth breaking off and then on top of that not having any teeth to chew with!

How can anyone especially our Veteran's Administration just ignore this problem and say that it has nothing to do with service connection? He walked around for years with his tailbone that was dangling, in severe pain and learned to live with it till it was discovered. By having to remove it, the pain is always there to this day and he lives with taking a Suboxone everyday for the rest of his life and all of the post disabilities that have been placed upon him from the surgery.
I “WILL NOT” let this matter rest because my Husband is dying right in front of my eyes!!!!! How would you like to sit and watch your spouse die ever so slowly in front of your eyes and eyes of your children?

Does it take a Veteran Dying for someone out there to open there eyes and give a little help here? I know you have your rules to follow but if you will actually READ what I have written and follow “BACK” to where all of this originated (his fall), then you will see that it is service connected.

I am forwarding this to my Representative, and Congressman to see what help we can get and I will go to all extents to save my Husband's life!!!!!!!! I am writing you this letter and am begging you for help!!! My husband is dying and I don't know what to do about it!!!!

He served his Country and even when he was hurt he followed instructions and went back to work, the least you can do is Honor his service and do the right thing! If it were “YOUR” Husband or Wife, would you sit back while He or She couldn't even eat and watch them starve to death or have to have a peg put in to tube feed them when this matter could and SHOULD be taken care of? I just don't know what to do anymore! Please have a heart and someone HELP ME!

I don't think that my husband's issue with his teeth have ever been added as a service connected injury and I need someone who can help us do that.

If his dental work is not related to his other Service Connected Injuries, we badly need this addressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please email me and I will email you some pictures that I took of my teeth to show you how horrible they are!

THIS IS AN EMAIL THAT MY HUSBAND SENT REGARDING HIS SERVICE CONNECTED INJURY, ABOUT HIS TEETH AND OTHER ISSUES THAT HE HAS REGARDING THE VA

My name is Frank Marx. I am a Veteran. I was honorably discharged after serving in the Army in the early 80s. My MOS was “Multichannel Communications Equipment Operator” (31M). I was stationed at Ft. Carson Colorado.
While stationed at Ft. Carson, I was caring a coax cable that weighed probably 75-80 pounds on my shoulder. I stepped outside to walk down a set of stairs. Unbeknownst to me, it had just snowed outside. I stepped outside and promptly slipped and fell down the stairs because there was over a foot of snow and ice everywhere. I immediately had severe pain in my back, neck and tailbone. I told my Platoon leader that I had injuries myself. He advised me to go to the informatory to be seen by a doctor. They gave me some pain medications and put me on light duty for a couple days. I doubt that any of this was put in my permanent file with the Army. I certainly hope it can be found! Ever since I fell, I have had HORRIBLE back and neck pain.

I had two Laminectomies in 2006 and 2007. During the second surgery in 2007, the doctor saw that my tailbone was "dangling" as he put it so he removed it. I have had serious pain in my neck, back and tailbone ever since I fell down the stairs. I don't think I even passed my PT tests after I fell. I do remember falling out of several, if not all, of our morning PT. I also suffered from Meningitis after the second surgery in 2007 which caused me to lose most of my short and long-term memory. Because of all of this, I have been disabled and on Social Security Disability since 2007. I was not in the Veteran's Administration healthcare system until AFTER these surgeries. There is absolutely NO doubt that the injuries that I sustained while in the Army is the reasons for all of my neck, back and tailbone pain.
In addition, I recently had a hearing test and was given two hearing aids because my hearing is horrid. My hearing loss was because I used very very loud 3-K Generators when I was in the Army. I was recently given a set of hearing aids to assist with my hearing.

One reason I am emailing you is to see if you could help me with getting my injuries to my neck, back and tailbone and also my hearing loss be identified as "service connected". Everyone including my doctor can't seem to be able to help me with this or Want to help me :(

I am also contacting you about a second matter that definitely needs to be addressed with the Powers-that-be in the VA system.

Because of the injuries and my surgeries, breaking of my tailbone and other maladies, I was prescribed a lot of pain medications in the past.

This is a list of the current medications I am taking:

Suboxone 2 mg SL ½ under tongue
Seroquel 400mg Q @ HS
Neurontin 600mg 2 tabs am and 3 tabs pm
Claritin 1 tab QD
Docusate NA 100mg Q @ HS
Prilosec 20mg BID
Flomax 0.4mg QD
Pravastatin 20mg QD
Benedryl 50mg Q @ HS
Topril 50mg QD
ALERGIES: Methadone, Zoloft and Kelflex

Because of this, the majority of my teeth have either broken off to the gum line and/or are cracked or worn down to the extent that I have only a few teeth to chew my food with. Why is this not a concern with the Veteran's Administration? Dr. Sharon Colvin who is with the Veteran's Administration in Albany, Georgia in January 2013 she said that my teeth were in a decayed manner because of the enormous amounts of pain medications that were prescribed me years ago and also during and after my Laminectomies. She said that there should be a secondary ICD-9 Code available in order for me to go to Dental to have my teeth and mouth repaired. She also stated that this was interfering with my ability to eat when I do finally do get hungry. My Laminectomies that were necessary also found my broken tailbone. Had I not had such horrible pain with my tailbone, I wouldn't have been prescribed so many pain medications. I have spoken to the local dental office within the VA here in Daytona Beach, Florida but they told me that I cannot be seen by them because I am not on active duty and that the reason for my teeth have not been identified as secondary injuries so I could be seen. What else can I do so that I can be seen by a dentist in the Veteran's Administration? I can not in anyway afford to be seen by a dentist down here because I take home less than $2000.00 a month. My wife and I both are disabled!

A third reason I am contacting you is that I went before the prosthetic board to be able to get the VA to give me a power wheelchair that I NEED BADLY but they basically told me that if I had three of four limbs that didn't work, I would not be able to get a power wheelchair. I believe they were wrong and didn't read all my medical records because I cannot walk for more than ten minutes, stand for more than ten minutes or sit for more than around 15 minutes. I spend the majority of my life laying in bed watching TV. It even hurts me to go out in our living room and sit in our recliner. It's depressing how unable I am to get around. I live 5 minutes from the beach but my wife and I can never go there because I can't sit for very long before I am in horrible pain. My life consists of going to either my wife's many doctor appointments and going to my doctor appointments. The rest of the time, I'm laying in bed! I actually am having a friend of mine type this up as I lay here in my bed because I could not in anyway sit in front of my computer and type this letter to you! Actually, I am having a friend of mine send you this email as I cannot afford to get the internet where I live. I can't afford cable TV or satellite TV. Thank God, I have a free government cell phone. We can't afford to pay for a landline phone where we live. For a matter of fact, my wife and I are trying to get food stamps because we can't even afford to buy any groceries!

This is what Mr. Gary Coats told me in an email about my denial of the power wheelchair:
Hi Mr. Marx, the Major Medical Committee never received your appeal, however if you sent an appeal, most appeals go to the Atlanta Regional office. Below is the doctors note concerning your power wheelchair request. As stated in the doctors note The VA has guidelines to follow, and for a veteran to be eligible for power mobility there are 3 different requirements (please see attachment), they are a) heart beat rate below 30%, b) 24 hour use of oxygen, and c) loss of use of 3 extremities, i.e. two arms and one leg, or two legs and one arm. See doctors note below concerning your case. If you choose to appeal this decision you will need to see a VA Georgia State Rep to file an appeal. The VA Georgia State Rep will file your appeal and keep track of the appeal process. Thanks for your inquiry. Gary Coates, Chief of Prosthetics.
LOCAL TITLE: CONSULTS - PM&RS
STANDARD TITLE: PHYSICAL MEDICINE REHAB CONSULT
DATE OF NOTE: SEP 29, 2011@13:03 ENTRY DATE: SEP 29, 2011@13:03:34
AUTHOR: PENNY,KAREN J EXP COSIGNER: SINGH,VINEETA
URGENCY: STATUS: COMPLETED
REASON FOR REQUEST:THIS IS A REFERRAL FROM MS PATTON ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR 47 Y/O WM WITH A DX OF LBP WITH H/O LUMBAR LAMINECTOMIES, CAD/ASHD, EF-60%, A-FIB, OSTEOARTHRITIS, AND H/O EASTERN EQUINE ENCHEPHALITIS (07) AMBULATES INDEPENDENTLY WITH A CANE TO THE MAJOR MEDICAL COMMITTEE ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE. THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT ARE DR SINGH, MS PHILLIPS, MR COATES, AND MS PENNY. MR MARX IS REQUESTING AN ELECTRIC W/C STATING THAT HE IS UNABLE TO WALK LONG DISTANCES SECONDARY TO BACK PAIN. MR MARX IS ABLE TO TRANSFER INDEPENDENTLY AND AMBULATES INDEPENDENTLY WITH A CANE; STATES HE IS ABLE AMBULATE APPROX 100FT BEFORE HAVING TO STOP DUE TO PAIN. PT DOES HAVE A ROLLATOR BUT DOES NOT LIKE TO UTILIZE AS THE SEAT IS TOO HARD AND IT IS PAINFUL TO SIT ON. AT THIS TIME, MR MARX DOES NOT MEET THE CRITERIA FOR ISSUANCE OF POWER MOBILITY. HE DOES NOT UTILIZE OXYGEN, HE DOES NOT HAVE AN EF<30%, AND HE DOES NOT HAVE THE LOSS OF USE OF 3 OR MORE EXTREMITIES. MR MARX WAS OFFERRED A MANUAL W/C AND HE REQUESTS A SMALL, LIGHTWT MODEL. HE WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A 16 X 18 MANUAL W/C, DESK LENGTH ARMRESTS, SWING AWAY LEGRESTS, ANTI-TIPPERS, AND A 16 X 18 FLOVAIR CUSHION. MR MARX WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED WITH A MODULAR RAMP FOR ACCESS INTO THE HOME. PROSTHETIC REQUEST INITIATED.

The last reason I am contacting you is this:

My wife recently had surgery on her foot so she can't drive so I am stuck driving. When I drive, I have to leave several hours in advance of my doctors appointment because I have to drive ten to fifteen minutes, stop the car, get out and stretch, then after another ten to fifteen minutes, do the same over and over again. I usually lay in the back of our van with my wife driving but I have to drive now because she has a brace on her foot and will have it for over a month. Is that anyway to live? Sitting in the back of our Van letting my wife drive me around? I hate this!!!!! I'd love it if the Veteran's Administration could pay for some kind of padded chair or even “captain's chair” for our Van so I can drive it without having to pull over and stretch for more than ten minutes at a time.

If you can't help me, I would GREATLY appreciate if if you would forward this email to someone whom you think might be able to!!!! Thank you VERY VERY much!!

My wife recently moved from Moultrie, Georgia to Ormond Beach, Florida. Before we moved, the majority of my Veteran's Administration healthcare was with the small Veteran's Administration clinic in Albany, Georgia. Now that we are living down here, I am being seen by doctors here in Daytona, Florida.

I am writing you asking you for help for these very serious matters:
1. Having my injuries that I sustained while serving in the Army be identified as “Service Connected”;
2. Having my teeth seen by a dentist in the VA;
3. Getting a Power Wheelchair; and
4. Chair for our Van

If you have access to </30> feel free to send me an email.

Sincerely,

Frank Marx
695-A Flaming Drive
Ormond Beach, Florida 32176
frankinmoultrie@gmail.com

THIS IS THE END OF HIS EMAIL

If you can't help me and my husband, I would GREATLY appreciate if if you would forward this email to someone whom you think might be able to!!!!

Thank you VERY VERY much!!

Sincerely,

Susan Marx
695-A Flaming Drive
Ormond Beach, Florida 32176
Phone: 1-229-798-3819
Email: smarx63@gmail.com
My husband and I are both disabled. We are on SSD. We take home less than $1900.00 a month. The VA helps my husband with his healthcare but my healthcare isn’t. We have to pay hundreds of dollars a month for my co-pays and we pay over $100.00 for my medications. I have to have surgery on my shoulder, both knees and my hip but we can’t afford to pay for, them A description... I’m sorry, I have been venting lol. Our story is very sad but we have God in our lives and on our sides so what ever happensfor a reason. We just got on Food stamps which will help us a little with our groceries. Our rent is $800.00. Our power bill is between $150.00 – $175.00 a month. We pay over $100.00 in gas going to and from all our doctor’s appointments. Our phone bill is between $50.00 to $75.00 a month. We don't have Cable because we can't afford it. You can see how our $1900.00 goes.'

I could write more, but you see what he is up against. He need"s $5,800.The money  needs to go to: Heartland Dental Care Group, attn,KatieSmithenry. Her phone is 217-540-5609,her fax is 866-300-3208.
That will pay the bills for Frank Marx and leave a few hundred dollars  for another Veteran who may need help. She has expressed an interest in starting a
program at ALL their dental clincs across the country to provide reduced cost Dental Care for Veterans. If I raise enough, she will lower the cost per Veteran.
Lets fix one Veteran at a time.

,

5:54 PM PT: i have written permission from frank to publish every word. The clinc could help many Veterans.

5:57 PM PT: I have written permission from Frank and his wife to publish this.


Originally posted to Vet 65 on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 10:59 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

    by Vet63 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 03:09:33 PM PST

  •  DON'T PUT HIS PERSONAL INFO OUT!!!!! (4+ / 0-)
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    Vet63, churchylafemme, Susipsych, whaddaya

    You just posted personal information  for this guy.
    Go back and edit it out this minute. In the future if you post people's sad cases leave their name and personal info out.
    Get him to his Veterans Service rep or get him one if he hasn't got one. This guy needs more help getting this done than the average Kos reader can do. Has he been to his welfare department yet?

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 05:30:54 PM PST

    •  message (2+ / 0-)
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      BlackSheep1, commonmass

      I was only asking for $6,000. He WANTS me to post this. I have written permission. I am not that stupid. If no one helps him,I will raise for him.The rest of what he needs is  easier to get. Many Veterans need Dental care. I get it for free. I am 100 %. Many are still waiting.

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 05:47:47 PM PST

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      •  VET63, You are a GOD-SEND! (3+ / 0-)
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        blueoasis, kurt, ladybug53

        I am the subject of this post, Frank Marx.

        Several years ago I had two very serious surgeries on my spinal cord. The surgeries were due to injuries that I sustained while serving in the Army. After the surgeries, I was put on almost every pain medication out there. All the pain meds that I took for over a year rotted out the majority of my teeth. Most remaining teeth are either broken off or are sharp and jagged.I only have four to five teeth to chew my food with! The VA refuses to this day to help me with my teeth even though the dental work I need is Service Connected!!!! By the GRACE OF GOD I found Mike. Mike found someone who could and would help! Thank you to all those who have made a donation on my behalf!!!!!

        I will never understand why the VA won't help VETS with their dental work, NEVER!!!! Contact your Congressmen and Senators and tell them enough is enough! If there is anyone out there who is in need of healthcare and dental-care it is our VETERANS!!!!!!

        My wife and I have numerous medical problems but having my teeth seen about is a huge step in the right direction!!!!!!!!!!

        Mike........I CAN NEVER REPAY YOU for all of your help!!!!

        Mike...... .YOU ARE A GOD-SEND and a BLESSING!!!!

        I gave VET63 full authority to post my story and all the personal info in it. It isn't his fault for posting my personal info. If there were anyone at fault, it should be me. If anyone wants to take my personal info and use it against me then that's the Cross that they will have to bare should they do anything against me! I have God on my side and always will! If something that happens to me that is Good, than great, thank you God! If anything that happens to me that isn't Good, thank you God! I put all my problems and concerns at God's feet. He deals with them FOR ME. I also put all the great things and everything in between at his feet. My entire life is AT HIS FEET! Good or Bad! I love you God for all you do!!!!!

        Thank you to all those who have donated their money to help me with my dental problems! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Frank Marx

    •  Absolutely agree (4+ / 0-)
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      mookins, kurt, churchylafemme, whaddaya

      The amount of personally identifying information posted here could permit someone to try to improperly access this Veteran's medical record. REDACT the LAST 4, BIRTHDATE at a minimum!!

      - a former VA provider

    •  too harsh, exlrrp -- and the guy asked to be named (2+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, blueoasis

      I'm the one who found the dentist, btw.

      I'm glad to have some news on follow-up.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:31:48 PM PST

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      •  don't give out personal info online (0+ / 0-)

        just don't do it

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:13:00 PM PST

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        •  btst, I don't use facebook: it's got security (0+ / 0-)

          flaws somebody who used to be on this website used to try to steal my identity.

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:23:36 PM PST

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      •  message (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks again. You made this possible! I will find the money
        to save Frank,you gave me the person.
        Together we  helped someone.
        That"s good.
        Thanks again.
        Mke

        Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

        by Vet63 on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:04:04 PM PST

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        •  VET63 YOU ARE A MIRACLE MAKER! (1+ / 0-)
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          BlackSheep1

          Mike, this is Susan Marx, Frank Marx's wife. I wished I could give you a huge HUG and a kiss! The things that YOU made possible for my husband are nothing shy of MIRACLES. Soon, my husband will be able to have something to chew his food with! Frank puts his hand over his mouth when he laughs because he is ashamed of what his teeth look like, or should I say LACK of his teeth look like!!! I know he has told you in the past that you are a GOD-SEND! I cannot agree more!!!!! Frank and I have a lot of health problems but soon his teeth won't be one of them THANKS ONLY TO YOU and what YOU did for him!!!!!!

        •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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          BlackSheep1

          To whom ever helped find a Dentist to see about my teeth! I have a mouth full of broken off teeth. Thanks to Vet63, and anyone else who may have helped! You are a God-Send!!!!

          My wife would like to give anyone of you who helped a huge Hug and a Kiss! She is sooooo very happy for me! God answered our prayers!

      •  What did u mean? (1+ / 0-)
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        BlackSheep1

        You said "I'm the one who found the dentist, btw, I'm glad to have some news on follow up? Were you working with Vet63? to find a Dentist to help me?

        •  he asked in a diary. I have (0+ / 0-)

          some Google skills, so ... I put 'em to work. I live in Texas. I'm used-to-be peacetime Air Force with a service-connected disability.

          So, hey. Frank: I"m glad you made it home, and I'm glad the listings I found included one who'd help you. Y'all take care, ok? May the Force be with you both.

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 06:13:09 PM PST

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    •  That's ok, I am OK with it (3+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, churchylafemme, blueoasis

      I am the subject of this post, Frank Marx. I gave him full authority to post my story and all the personal info in it. It isn't his fault for posting my personal info. If there were anyone at fault, it should be me. If anyone wants to take my personal info and use it against me then that's the Cross that they will have to bare should they do anything against me! I have God on my side and always will! If something that happens to me that is Good, than great, thank you God! If anything that happens to me that isn't Good, thank you God! I put all my problems and concerns at God's feet. He deals with them FOR ME. I also put all the great things and everything in between at his feet. My entire life is AT HIS FEET! Good or Bad! I love you God for all you do!!!!!

      Thank you to all those who have donated their money to help me with my dental problems! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Frank Marx

    •  It's ok (0+ / 0-)

      I gave Vet63 my authority to give my personal info. He did nothing wrong. He's a GREAT man!

  •  Maybe, if there is way, (2+ / 0-)
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    Vet63, blueoasis

    to post a Paypal link for the dental office. That would be the way to go. Brother Vet,...SSK

    "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards

    by Santa Susanna Kid on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:05:58 AM PST

  •  My brother-in-law just moved to Florida (4+ / 0-)

    to take advantage of a VA program for PTSD. I do wish we would have better care for the women and men that we send to war.

  •  The VA has a pretty limited.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Dental program.  At our hospital we have one dentist and I think 4 or 5 hygienest.  Typically the only people authorized to use the dental services are veterans with a 100% service connected disability, veterans who have sustained injuries to their mouth while serving in the military or veterans who have cosmetic dental issues that are unable to secure employment while in a VA sponsored jobs program.   If I ran the show I would expand the dental services.  But, you can thank St. Ronnie for things like means testing and five dollar meal vouchers.  Can't be having these Vets live high off the hog, we've got millionaires to support.  

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      I feel guilty that I get free Dental.This is why I will give Frank Marx the money if I have to. It would be nice if all would give a dollar, either way, I will see to it that Frank
      gets his mouth fixed.
      Take care
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 08:08:44 PM PST

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      •  Mike, you are an American Hero! (0+ / 0-)

        Mike, you have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about. You are a Veteran and a Hero. You deserve everything that the VA gives you!!!! I know your story! I won't share it on this website but suffice it to say you are nothing less than a Hero!!!!!! A HERO!!!!!!!! And it is an honor to have met you Mike if only on the telephone!!!!!! EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THAT THAT MIKE VET63 IS AN AMERICAN HERO! It would be my honor to stand before you and salute you Mike!

        This short message has nothing to do with the miracles that you performed for me with getting me seen by a Dentist and an Oral Surgeon, it is because of your military service to American!!!!!

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      they can pull and he has obtained a zero percent.. ( that is a whole story about ratings)....  They are very nice folks that I spoke to Wed, night I believe.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 02:12:42 PM PST

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  •  I talked to this vet last week (0+ / 0-)

    I gave him some specific instructions and  trying to get those teeth seen about.   llbear sent me the emai as I got one too.   The main thing they mentioned was getting into the hospital which is doable if they get to the ER at the VA. He is already enrolled and being seen at the Orlando clinic.

    Thanks vets63.   I have reached out to these folks locally.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 02:07:36 PM PST

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      Unless your rules are different for Veterans in Florida, I don't believe they would do any more than I had done. You have to be 100 % service connected. I am. This is why I am getting it done OUTSIDE Veteterans,

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 03:37:40 PM PST

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      •  Usually in Florida things are worse for vet but I (0+ / 0-)

        do know that my x husband in 1990 had a mouthful of abcess and they operated on him right then and he had no percentage of disabiity and was not on any of their meds.  He was not even going regularly to the VA.  That was my x.
        that happened then...If it is medically dangerous and I saw the pics. of this veteran here .then it is supposed to be overridden.  You are correct on t and p but medically which is a danger , it is supposed to be treated.  Same thing in a private hospital.  But, all that ever happened there was antibiotics.

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

        by Vetwife on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 07:47:38 PM PST

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          In 2013,It would be great if the Veterans folks WOULD
          help Frank Marx. He will be dead before he wins. I assume
          your talking about your ex-husband when you talk about
          what happened in a private hospital. The Doctor"s have a plan ready to go this week. No one in America gives a shit about Frank, we in the Pacific Northwest do.
          Be well
          Mike

          Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

          by Vet63 on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 09:31:26 AM PST

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          •  No... I was talking about Lake City Va in (0+ / 0-)

            1990.  
            If a private facility can help him that is wonderful.
            if you notice I went on air to declare that Florida and Ga
            VA's are not doing right by most of their vets.   Not all VA's are operating in the same fashion and that is exactly my point of having some sort of mandate for the VISN groups to treat ALL veterans with respect and dignity.
            I am glad you stepped in.  I tried to reach Orlando VA and was put on hold.  This is exactly what I have been preaching on here for years about Florida.
            I do not agree that non one gives a shit.  That is just not true.  Many do.  Just the VA's are failing down here and I tried to exhaust all efforts before again losing hope with the VA medical centers down here.  It worked in the nineties but has slid downhill since 2000.

            You are wrong about a private hospital with my x though.. that happened in 1990 in a VA facility.

            We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

            by Vetwife on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 10:45:39 AM PST

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              I am glad I called you a nice lady. I told Frank you and I have exchanged e-mails in the past. My thoughts about you
              are the same. Veterans are lucky to have you. We need
              all the help we can get.
              Good luck with your work!
              Mike

              Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

              by Vet63 on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 10:59:40 AM PST

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              •  Thank you.. I am having a bit (0+ / 0-)

                of battle fatigue this weekend I fear from all this fighting the VA's and glad Frank did get some help.  Glad you had his back !!!  Thanks again for your service.

                We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

                by Vetwife on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 12:18:24 PM PST

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          •  Thanks Vet63 (0+ / 0-)

            You said that the doctors have a plan ready to go this week. That is only because of what YOU did for me Mike. No one has ever done what you did for me Mike. I don't know what I did to deserve what you did for me - a complete stranger.

            I promice you Mike there is a SPECIAL place in Heaven waiting for you my friend!

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      I want to set the story strait about somethings that were said on this website regarding me and my lack of dental care with the VA system. My wife and I are very honest Christian people. "VETWIFE" spoke to my wife and I the other day. She said that it might be a good idea if I went to the VA's Emergency Room to be seen as I was in horrible pain. Thank you VETWIFE for your suggestions but I am so very thankful that VET63 took my burdens upon his shoulders LITTERALLY. Vetwife, during the process you websites may be interesting reading but right now it is impartive that my pain is dealt with and all my infections.

      I did call the following day.  I spoke with a Social Worker at the local VA hospital. She said that unless I was exhibiting fevers and true signs of infections that they would probably just give me antibiotics and send me on my way. A day after that, I received an email from VET63 in which he offered to help in ways I thought were never possible. He said that he would like to help and had me scheduled to see local Dentist to have me checked out. I couldn't believe that Vet63 had me scheduled to see a Dentist by 2:00 p.m. the same day!!!!! The Dentist took x-rays and found 11 teeth that were infected. She put me on Antibiotics and said that every tooth in my mouth had to be extracted by not her but an Oral Surgeon. After that, she would have me fitted for dentures. She said it would take six to 12 months for my gums to heal after all my teeth were extracted. All this after VET63 read my plea for help and took the ball and ran with it. I have never seen anyone that offered to help personally as he did! I truly believe that after praying for so many nights about my dental problems, that God answered by letting VET63 answer our email.
      God Bless You VET63 and anyone out there for helping us and giving us advise.

    •  I needed immediate help. (0+ / 0-)

      I needed help, immediate help not a few websites to read stuff about. You sent us things that you posted on this website and other sites plus a few other things to read including the VA Laws. Plus things about Medicare. None of those things I read would help me with my teeth right now. Maybe after a while but I needed help now.

      VET63 bent over backwards to help a complete stranger! His help was immediate! He reached out to a Dentist who said she would have my teeth seen about and the rest is history :) It was nice speaking to you Vetwife but I really needed to have my teeth seen about by a dentist, not just at an ER in Orlando that was about 1.5 hours away from where my wife and I live. I have another problems in that I cannot travel for long. I had two serious surgeries on my spinal cord. I have several health problems and because of them I am disabled. My wife is disabled too. I have to have my wife drive me around. We have a Van. I lay in the back of the Van because I am unable to sit for long so I have to lay in the back on a mattress. Can you imagine having to lay in the back of your vehicle? Well, I have to ride in the back of our Van on most trips we make, even trips right down the street! So, driving to Orlando ER would have taken us 3 to 4 hours because we have to pull over so I can get out and stretch.

      I am also trying to get the VA give me a Jazzy Chair or a wheelchair that is powered. I have tried for years to have the VA give me a power wheelchair to no avail. I went before the board and because I have four limbs that work, I was declined the power wheelchair. The board told us that people who were able to get power wheelchairs where those people who had only three limbs or more that did not work. Is that crazy? Well, that's the case. They gave me a heavy as all get out wheelchair that I can't push myself in nor can my wife. She has Lupus and several other health problems. My service connected appeal is in the process and Lord only knows how long it will take for the VA to give me a disability rating. All my injuries are Service Connected but I only have a Zero rating.

      Vet63 did more for me in one week than anyone ever did for me in the VA!!!!! The VA pays for my healthcare but it takes WAY too long to be seen by a doctor when you have a problem! I just hate the fact that the VA refuses to help those Vets who have dental problems and their teeth injuries are not related to their service in the military! You suggested that I contact my Congressman. I did a couple weeks ago. I had to sign a release of information before they would talk to me so I am waiting for them to read it and then get back in touch with me. I have someone in the VA who is helping me with my Service Connection. It has been re-opened. I also have someone helping me with other problems that I am having. My biggest problem was with my teeth and Vet63 took that ball and ran with it. THANKS VET63!!!!!

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    I have a bill for slightly less than $6,000  . I will raise it in Seattle and wire Heartland Dental the money. He will have appointments this coming week.
    Mike

    Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

    by Vet63 on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 03:49:57 PM PST

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      I e-mailed him and asked him to respond in writing what is actually happening. You are a great person and would have
      no reason to tell me something untrue. I felt a need to say that. The dentist e-mailed me and said he has a serious problem.That was two days ago.I have lots of independent
      folks saying his problems need fixing now.
      Mike

      Social activist, nutrition and exercise advice,long distance runner, Writer.

      by Vet63 on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 04:21:23 PM PST

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